Guess what? That’s a wrap! We’ve completely finished recording my new album, Thunder!

There were so many wonderful moments in the making of this project, and I don’t quite know how to put them into words yet, so I’ll try to be brief.

I put in several 12 to 15 hour days with producer Chris Hoisington and the tremendously talented crew at Old Bear Records. I’m moved by their commitment getting this album right, and giving me the time and space to find my own voice, to let me play several different instruments, and to express what is on my heart through music in new and unique ways. I’ve had wonderful times in recording studios in the past, but never anything as unique as this.

I have never been more excited about making music than I am at this point in my life. I put my all into this album. I played and sang my heart out. I laughed, I cried, I had space to pray, and to follow the Spirit’s leading. This is the gift that Old Bear Records gave to me, it’s why I wanted to work with these amazing people. There was an atmosphere in the studio that Made me feel we were creating on holy ground.

This picture was part of a promotional photo shoot that happened after we wrapped. I love dogs, and this picture represents the joy I found in this whole experience as Instagram sensation, Mabel the dog stopped by (Find her at @Mabel_thebully). This picture represent just one of the many moments in which I was surprised by joy while recording at Old Bear Recording Studio! To Chris, Anthony, Jeremy, Pauly, Ron, Sarah and all of your families, I sincerely thank you for all you did to make this project what it needed to be.

I promise you, this album is going to be something like you’ve never heard from me before.

There is still a lot left to do before the project can be released, including raising the funds to finish paying for the recording budget. One way you can help me to do that is by pre-ordered here at the link below. I need to raise nearly $5000 and your pre-orders of the album itself, t-shirts, books, and various other perks connected to the album will help me to meet the financial need. By pre-ordering through Indiegogo you not only get some great new music before the rest of the world does, you actually get to be a part of making the record.

I’m grateful for you. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

Pre-Order and Donate To My New Album Here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/x/17048881#/

CCLI Currently Featuring “More Than The Watchman” by Rick Lee James

CCLI’s Worship Fuel Video channel is currently featuring “More Than The Watchman”, the latest music video by Rick Lee James.

The video sheds light on the worldwide refugee crisis by showing footage from inside camps, buses, and train stations where people under persecution have fled.

(Footage provided by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International)

CCLI Song Select Users Can Download the music and watch the video from the link below.

https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/watchman-psalm-130-rick-lee-james/

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Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving GodWater to WineA Farewell To MarsBeauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.

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In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards’s wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell. What Zahnd experienced instead was the Father’s love—revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ—for all prodigal sons and daughters. In Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Zahnd asks important questions like: Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us? Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, the crucifixion of Jesus, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love.

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This week marked the end of the 2017 General Assembly for the Church of the Nazarene, held every four years in Indianapolis Indiana.

I had the privilege of being on two different panels at the Spirit and Truth mini conference while at General Assembly. The conference was sponsored by Nazarene Theological Seminary and the NNU Wesley Society.
In the links below you will find the recordings from both sessions, also featuring Andrea Garcia and Brannon Hancock.

  Brannon Hancock and Andrew Garcia join Rick Lee James for a conversation on worship in the context of small, medium, and large churches. 

Rick Lee James and Brannon Hancock present Hymn Adaptation and Modernization.

  • Listen to all episodes of Voices In My Head featuring Paul Baloche, Walter Brueggemann, Brian Zahnd, Brandon Sipes, Andrew Peterson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jason Gray, Michael Card and many, many more.

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I’m grateful to CCLI for featuring two more of my songs, published by Lifeway Worship. Two more of my music videos were just added to CCLI TV today. Special thanks to the directors of the two videos, Rick Stull (Christ Is Lord) and Jason Elam (The Invitation). This makes the third song from ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ to be featured by CCLI.

CCLI is the easiest way to discover and legally use affordable media, content and resources while reducing the administrative headaches of copyright licensing search and compliance. … The best place to find licensed audio samples and lyrics along with vocal, chord and lead sheets from more than 300,000 songs of worship.
https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/invitation-rick-lee-james

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https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/christ-lord-christ-rick-lee-james/


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Crowder In Concert At Rock The Lake 2016 – Rick Lee James Plays Stage 2 at 1:45pm

Starting this Saturday, August 6th, Shine FM will be sponsoring two full days of Christian music at Old Field Beach at Indian Lake State Park, Hwy 235, Lakeview, OH. Award winning “Crowder” will be the headliner and final act for the evening. Come on our for an amazing time of worship and music. I’ll be playing on Stage 2 at 1:45pm.

 

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Worship Leader Magazine Song DISCovery

Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me), the first single from my album “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” will be featured in the September/October release of Worship Leader’s Song DISCovery. Be watching https://songdiscovery.com/ in September and October for more information.

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National Worship Leader Conference 2016 in Kansas City

Worship Leader Magazine has invited me to be part of the National Worship Leader Conference in Kansas City, October 5th-6th. If you are going to be there, please come and say hello. I look forward to being a guest at what I’m sure is going to be an amazing event. I’m grateful to Worship Leader Magazine for extending an invitation.

 

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Don’t Forget To Check Out Rick Lee James’ Q & A with CCM Magazine

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This episode of Voices In My Head is actually an episode of another podcast titled, Things Not Seen. David Dault is the host of the show and back on March 26th when my latest album released, David was kind enough to feature me as the guest on his program. I really think you are going to enjoy our conversation. Things Not Seen is a nationally syndicated radio show and podcast that serves as a ministry of the Sunday Evening Club. Find our more about Things Not Seen and my new album (Hymns, Prayers,and Invitations) at this link. http://www.thingsnotseenradio.com/2016/2016/4/27/1605-new-tunes-for-beloved-words-rick-lee-james.html#.V4Min1KTLhW

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It was a real honor for me to be able to sit down and have a conversation with Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent emeritus, Dr. Jesse Middendorf. He has been a hero and mentor of mine from afar for many years and I think you will really enjoy our conversation on ministry, piloting airplanes, and the great hope that we have for the world. This episode was recorded on location at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for the 2016 Pastors and Leaders Conference, otherwise known as PALCON.

For more information visit www.RickLeeJames.com

This episode is sponsored by Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations, the new worship album from Rick Lee James
ALBUM WEB SITE: www.RickLeeJames.com/Hymnbook

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It is my great honor to be one of over a hundred leaders selected to write essays for a book called Renovating Holiness. I’m so grateful to editors, Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward, not only for including me among these amazing leaders from around the world, but also for taking the time to put together such an unprecedented and needed resource for holiness denominations. In trying to figure out the best way to review a book like this with so many diverse authors, I decided the best thing to do might be to let the authors speak for themselves by including some snapshots from some of my very favorite selections of the book. I would encourage anyone to read this book but I especially would recommend it to young people who have become disheartened with the Church of the Nazarene, wondering if there is a place for them in a holiness denomination in the 21st century. I believe these essays will strengthen our journey as a follower of Christ and help us discover where we are as a denomination. As a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, I give you my highest recommendation.

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These excerpts are by no means the only great parts of the book, they are simply moments that stood out to me while I was reading Renovating Holiness. I also included the first page of the essay I wrote, hoping that all of these excerpts will make you want to read more. These excerpts were written by

Brannon Hancock, Catherine Lebese, Chad Maxson, Craig Drurey, Dick Eugenio, Donnie Miller, Emily JoAnn Haynes, Frank Mills, Greg Arthur, Hank Spaulding, Jacob Lett, Jamie Gates, Janine King, Jason Rowinski, Joe Gorman, Jon Middendorf, Megan Pardue, Michael Scarlett, Myra Oomit, Nathan Napier, Rick Lee James, RJ Strickland, Rusty Brian, Ryan Patrick McGlaughlin, Ryan Scott, and Thomas Jay Oord.

You can also hear a conversation I had with editor Joshua Broward on Episode #132 of the Voices In My Head Podcast.

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Excerpts:

Rick Lee James
Rick Lee James
Thomas Jay Oord
Thomas Jay Oord
Ryan Scott
Ryan Scott
Ryan Patrick McGlaughlin
Ryan Patrick McGlaughlin
Rusty Brian
Rusty Brian
RJ Strickland
RJ Strickland
Nathan Napier
Nathan Napier
Myra Oomit
Myra Oomit
Michael Scarlett
Michael Scarlett
Megan Pardue
Megan Pardue
Marco Velasco Sosa
Marco Velasco Sosa
Krista Klosterman
Krista Klosterman
Keith M. Devenport
Keith M. Devenport
JR Forasteros
JR Forasteros
Joshua Sweeden
Joshua Sweeden
Jon Middendorf
Jon Middendorf
Joe Gorman
Joe Gorman
Jason Rowinski
Jason Rowinski
Janine King
Janine King
Jamie Gates
Jamie Gates
Jacob Lett
Jacob Lett
Hank Spaulding
Hank Spaulding
Greg Arthur
Greg Arthur
Frank Mills
Frank Mills
Emily JoAnn Hanes
Emily JoAnn Hanes
Donnie Miller
Donnie Miller
Dick Eugenio
Dick Eugenio
Craig Drurey
Craig Drurey
Chad Maxson
Chad Maxson
Catherine Lebese
Catherine Lebese
Brannon Hancock
Brannon Hancock